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UALR Returns to Action against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at 5 p.m.
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Release: 12/29/2012

The Opening Tip

     UALR (10-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) looks to remain undefeated in conference play while Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6, 0-3 SBC) is looking for its first conference win when the Trojans battle the Ragin' Cajuns Saturday (Dec. 29). Tip time is 5 p.m. in the Cajundome.

     Unable to travel to Lafayette, La.? There are three ways you can follow all the action from the Cajundome. You can listen to Phil Elson with the call here, follow live stats on the Louisiana-Lafayette web site here or watch the game (subscription) by clicking here.


Quick Hits

  • UALR (10-1, 3-0 SBC) travels to Lafayette, La. to battle the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. It will be the first time the two teams have squared off in the Cajundome.
  • The Trojans' 10-game winning streak against the Ragin' Cajuns is their longest current winning streak against any Sun Belt Conference school. The last win for UL-Lafayette came on Dec. 28, 2006 (65-61).
  • After dropping its first six contests ever in Lafayette, UALR has won the last five by an average margin of 12.6 points.
  • With a win, it will be UALR's 100th Sun Belt Conference win under head coach Joe Foley.
  • The Ragin' Cajuns are 0-3 in SBC play and lost those contests by an average of 21 points. However, ULL has beaten Conference USA-favorite Tulane in New Orleans.


Scouting Louisiana-Lafayette

     Louisiana-Lafayette enters the game 6-6 overall and 0-3 in Sun Belt play. It has been an up-and-down season for the Ragin' Cajuns. In its last two games, it won at Conference-USA favorite Tulane 65-64 (Dec. 19) before losing 77-53 at Arkansas State (Dec. 22).

     Against the Red Wolves, the Ragin' Cajuns scored the game's first two points before ASU went on a 25-7 run, including 13 unanswered. Louisiana-Lafayette never got any closer than seven the rest of the way. 

     While Louisiana-Lafayette is sixth in the conference with 18.1 turnovers per game, it compensates by forcing 23.2 opponent miscues per game. The +5.08 turnover margin is the second-best mark in the Sun Belt. The Ragin' Cajuns also lead the conference with 13.1 steals per game.

     Individually, four players average nine points or more per game. Sylvana Okde leads the way with 12.6 points per game while Keke Veal adds 10.9. Byronesha Santiago pulls down eight rebounds per game.

     In three conference games, ULL has lost by an average of 21 points.


Flashback to Last Year

     UALR scored the game's first 12 points and never looked back in a 55-41 win at Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 8, 2012. The Ragin' Cajuns cut the deficit to five in the second half and trailed 41-35 before a UALR 14-0 spurt pushed the lead to double-digits for good.

     Kiera Clark came off the bench to lead a balanced Trojan scoring attack with 12 points. Taylor Gault and Janette Merriex added nine while Taylor Ford and Hannah Fohne added eight points. Ford added a game-high nine rebounds, helping UALR to a 42-24 edge on the boards.

     Robbie Brown scored seven to lead all returners for ULL.

     For more, click here.


Going for the Century Mark

     UALR head coach Joe Foley enters Saturday's contest with a 99-50 record in Sun Belt Conference play. With a win, he will become only the eighth head coach in league history with 100 wins.

     After an 11-31 record in his first three seasons, Foley is 88-19 in the last seven years. During those seven years (including 2012-13), Foley's teams are averaging 12.6 SBC wins per year.


Holding the Lead...

     The Trojans keep a tight grip on their leads this season. In its 10 wins this season, UALR has only trailed a total of 25:26 of a possible 320 minutes. UALR has not faced a deficit in 4-of-5 games the entire month of December. If you take out the South Alabama game in which it trailed 17:46 for the game, UALR has trailed only 7:40 in 300 minutes in its wins.


...But also Coming from Behind

     With a 23-22 deficit at halftime at South Alabama on Dec. 22, it was the first time UALR had trailed at the break. The Trojans trailed by as much as seven in the first half, its largest deficit in more than a month (17, Missouri State, Nov. 15). Down 15-8, UALR went on an 11-3 run to retake the lead.

     USA led 27-24 with 19:13 left in the game before UALR went on a 14-0 run. The 14 unanswered is the seventh time in 11 games, and third in the last four contests, that UALR has scored 10 or more in a row this season.


Grab That Ball

     Junior Hannah Fohne has been a force to be reckoned with in the low post. Averaging only 4.1 rebounds per game each of her first two seasons, Fohne is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game after a career-best 16 rebounds against South Alabama Dec. 22. In fact, she beat her previous best (11) with 12 rebounds in the first half  alone.

     With only one game her freshman season with double-digit boards, Fohne already has accomplished this feat four times in 11 games.


Trojans Rewind: South Alabama

     UALR trailed for the majority of the first half, but the Trojans overcame its first halftime deficit of the season for the 49-40 win.

     Down 27-24 early in the second half, a lay up by freshman Jakeisha Wells and a jumper by senior Janette Merriex sparked a 14-0 run. UALR never led by less than six the rest of the way. The Trojans hit 5-7 from the charity stripe over the final 1:14 to put the game away.

     Sophomore Taylor Gault scored 13 while junior Hannah Fohne pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds. In fact, Fohne bested her previous career-high (11) with 12 rebounds in the first half alone.

     UALR gave up a season-half low 17 points to South Alabama.

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Next Up

     UALR opens up 2013 when it plays host to Western Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 3. Tip-off against the Hilltoppers is set for 5:15 p.m.

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